WTD_2022_Logo_blackSince 2018, when I started the Victorian backcountry festival, I haven’t got around to organising any tele day events. The southern hemisphere World Telemark Day falls on the first saturday in September – right when the 2022 backcountry festival will be on. So, please come up to Hotham and join a tour and enjoy a beer or 2 around the fire.

Wherever you are on that day, get some free heel mates together, enjoy some turns, and post a couple of photos on whatever platforms you use. Please remember to use the hashtag #WorldTelemarkDay so others can see what you’re up to.

Further information here.


The southern world telemark day will be held on Sunday September 2nd, as part of the Backcountry festival. It has been moved to Falls Creek this year. The backcountry festival aims to celebrate all forms of BC human powered adventure, including telemarking, cross country, alpine touring, snow shoeing and split boarding.

Full details here.

Facebook page here.

Great addition to the program for Sunday, September 2, 2018

Marking World Telemark Day

Ben Jackson is a Telemark Trainer for the APSI and a Telemark member of the APSI demo team. The demo team attends Interski, a world congress for snowsports instruction every four years, with the next congress in Bulgaria in March 2019.

To help celebrate world telemark day on Sunday 2 September at Falls Creek Ben will be available to present on snow telemark clinics in the resort. The whole idea is to promote APSI, and telemark instruction from Australian snowsports schools as a way to help improve people’s telemark skiing.

There will be 3 clinics running for 2 hours each on the Sunday.

Two of the clinics will be targeted at intermediate telemarkers. Topics covered will be:

  • Stance and balance using the telemark movement.
  • Blending good telemark movement whilst making turns on gentle slopes
  • Fluidity and the telemark movement.

A more advanced clinic for 2 hours will show:

  • Greater ski performance using the telemark movement on steeper groomed terrain.  Examples include creating more edge to carve and create grip and speed control.
  • Skiing ungroomed terrain such as bumps and crud.

Please note you will need a lift pass and your own gear for these sessions.

Ben is kindly offering these sessions for free. You’re most welcome to offer his a tip to help offset his costs of getting here from NSW.

To book in please email Ben and specify which session you would like to attend. snowyben@gmail.com

Time line

9.30am – 11.30am: first intermediate clinic

11.45am – 1.45pm: 2nd intermediate clinic

2.30 – 4.30pm: advanced clinic

Hopefully there will be an event in the Snowy Mountains as well. We will post details on this gathering closer to the 2018 winter.



Well, that’s it for another year. Thanks to the people who came out for the days at Perisher and Mt Hotham.

World tele day for 2018 will be on saturday September 1. There will be an event at Falls Creek and hopefully one in the Snowies.

Saturday September 2 and 9, 2017.

This is the annual day for telemark skiers (and any other backcountry inclined skiers and riders) to get together, share some turns, make new friends and generally enjoy getting out in the mountains.

There are plans for gatherings at MT HOTHAM and the SNOWY MOUNTAINS.

Snowy Mountains

NSW World Telemark Day, Southern Hemisphere event: to be held at Perisher Slopes,

Saturday 9 September.

Meet at the Ski Tube Building at 8 am.

A fun day on the slopes at Perisher getting in some tele turns as a belated celebration of World Telemark Day Southern Hemisphere.

This is a free event – all welcome. For further information please contact Andrew: andrewstanger@live.com.au

Mt Hotham

We had a great day on saturday, with a solid turnout. One group skied the resort, and two went for a tour. Here are some pictures from the group that toured the Mt Loch area.


It seems (from the poll) that we have a slight majority keen to go sidecountry.
Let’s aim to go out to Mt Loch and possibly Machinery Spur, etc.
Please come prepared for an outing: lunch, water, skins, etc.
The skiing out at Loch is quite varied, so will suit all levels of skier. Its about a 70 min ski to get out there.
Let’s meet in or right outside the day shelter at the top of the Heavenly Valley chairlift. Its a 1 min walk from Loch carpark, or a 10 min walk up the road from Hotham central if you don’t have a lift pass.
Meet at 9am this saturday Sept 2, for a 9.15am departure.
I reckon I will ski in resort on the sunday, and would welcome anyone who wants to join me.
My mobile, if you’re lost or late: 0419338047


There are plans for a camp at JB Plain (near Dinner Plain) for those who want to come to the HOTHAM event for the weekend.

We will met for a days skiing at 9am (for a 9.15 start) on saturday Sept 2. We will meet outside the shelter at the top of the Heavenly Valley chair (just near the Loch carpark). The location may be resort/ sidecountry or/ backcountry – this is generally determined via a poll of participants a week before the event (see below).

At this point it seems we will be skiing in resort. There is still time to fill out the poll (see below).

If we have sufficient numbers and interest we will organise something for the sunday as well.

For those who are keen, we normally have dinner somewhere on the hill or at Dinner Plain on the saturday night.

Facebook event here.

If you’re planning to attend please show your interest on the facebook page – and please ‘vote’ in the poll. It has the question would you rather ski in resort or ski somewhere close outside resort (eg a trip to Mt Loch). The poll is available here.

If you’re joining us later in the day and can’t locate us, feel free to call or text. Cam: 0419 338 047.

This is a free event. You will need your own gear and be prepared for a full day out (food, water, and clothing appropriate for the day, especially if we decide to go outside the resort). If you’re based in Melbourne, you can hire telemark gear from The Wilderness Shop in Box Hill.



2016 world telemark day

We have set the day as saturday September 3.


As in previous years, there will be a gathering in the Mt Loch carpark from 9am, with a planned departure time of 9.30am.

We may ski in resort or go somewhere nearby (eg Dargo Bowl or Mt Loch/ Machinery Spur) and are asking people to fill out the poll on the facebook page if you’re planning to come so we can make a decision based on the majority preference before the day. If we ski in resort you will need to organise a lift pass.

Facebook page for Hotham event available here.

This is a free event. You will need to bring your own gear (Ray’s ski hire in Myrtleford hires tele gear) and be ready for a day out in the elements.

Alpine Touring skiers and splitboarders most welcome!

Make a weekend of it: some people intend to camp at JB Plain for the weekend. Those who are keen can have dinner together (probably DP Hotel) on saturday night.

And, wherever you are, please share your pics via #WorldTelemarkDay

If you’re doing an event somewhere else, please let me know so I can promote: cam.walker@foe.org.au


SEPTEMBER 5 (Southern Hemisphere)

Thanks to the people who made the effort to come along on the 5th! It was a great day. We’ll definitely help organise a VIC event in 2016. Stay tuned for details in autumn.

Telemark Skier magazine is starting WORLD TELEMARK DAY.

This inaugural event is a day for telemark skiers to get together and go telemark skiing. Wherever you might be around the world let’s gather at our local hills and drop a knee together!

Post your photos to Telemark skier mag Facebook, Instagram or twitter account on September 5, 2015 using the hashtag #WorldTelemarkDay. Or Mountain Journal.

The first Northern Hemisphere event was held on March 1st.


Facebook page for the event here.

Page on the Backcountry Forum here.


Mt Hotham area, Sept 5 & 6

The crew at Mt Hotham
The crew at Mt Hotham

Plans are shaping up for the first World Telemark Day gathering in the southern hemisphere.

The Victorian gathering is in the Hotham area. You will need a Hotham Resort pass to park in the Loch carpark. If people are staying at the JB Plain campsite (see below) people could organise car polling on the saturday morning to reduce costs.

SAT SEPT 5: The plan is to do a tour to Mt Loch/ Machinery Spur. Please meet in the Loch carpark at 9.15 for a 9.30 start. Please come with touring gear (ie skins if you need them), food and drink, appropriate clothing to be out in the mountains all day, etc. Once we get out to Loch, people can do runs on the east side of the mountain, or out on Machinery Spur. If the weather is not great we’ll probably head for Derrick hut for lunch. In really bad conditions we’ll make a group call on the day re alternative destinations.

For those who are keen, there will be a camp at JB Plain on friday and saturday nights (between Hotham and Dinner Plain). There is an old hut which might be available to gather in. It is a short walk/ ski into the plain where there is camping amongst snow gums. There is a pit toilet. Bring water. Camping is free as the site is within the Alpine National Park, and there is a ploughed area for carparking.

We’ll probably head to the Dinner Plain hotel for dinner on saturday night. Its a 2.5km ski to the pub.

SUNDAY: the group can decide on saturday night, but could be a day in resort or another tour.

This is a free, ‘come along and be prepared’ type event. Loch is an easy ski/ skin of about an hour from Loch carpark, so if we have a wide range of skills, we can break into a couple of groups once we get out there.

All backcountry people welcome – splitboarders/ AT/ etc.

Buffalo Plateau

From KeithBrettargh. Check the facebook page for extra info.

Dingo Dell Mt Buffalo Victoria. Sausage sizzle and telemark skills